The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has delivered an educational programme to athletes, coaches and support personnel at Arizona State University (ASU).
It is the first time USADA has held such a course at the request of a National Collegiate Athletic Association division one athletics programme.
ASU welcomed USADA officials to learn more about the "importance of clean sport and the role of anti-doping in athletes’ careers".
The head coaches of ASU’s athletic teams believed athletes and their support personnel need to understand the anti-doping rules and processes for competition outside of college sport.
A number of ASU athletes already compete outside the college circuit and some are included in USADA’s Registered Testing Pool, meaning they are subject to a more rigorous anti-doping programme than most college athletes.
“Providing a level playing field for athletes is critical for every sport," said Bob Bowman, the head coach of ASU’s swimming programme.
"Work ethic, technical improvement, and strength of character must always be hallmarks of competitive success.
"We are proud to provide this important education to our student-athletes at ASU."
During its educational presentation, USADA informed athletes of the standards established by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
This included the WADA Prohibited List, Therapeutic Use Exemptions, and whereabouts requirements.
“It is great to see a university speak up on behalf of clean sport," added USADA education manager, Tammy Hanson.
"ASU is paving the way for other universities to step up, educate their athletes, and help encourage a fair and level playing field.”